QCSA State Titles update - Friday, 3 May 2019
It has finally arrived! Three months of hard training was put into action with 8 of our 12 West Zones teams taking to the fields last night for the first day of the 2019 QCSA State Titles.
Yesterday, on QCSA State Titles Day 1, West Zone played 4 games against QCSA South East Zone: U10s, U11s, U18s and Senior Women. We also played against ourselves in two age groups: U12s and U16s.
If last night was a guide, the 2019 QCSA State Titles will present some fierce competition for us.
Team coaches and managers
Our team coaches and managers have put in an amazing amount of time and effort into coaching our teams. Please thank them this weekend as you cheer our players on to win the QCSA State Titles.
The team coaches and managers names are listed at the end of this newsletter.
QCSA State Titles West Zone Age Group Winners
Each team that wins the QCSA State Title for their age group will be awarded the perpetual trophy (yet to be officially named) for outstanding performance.
If you would like to nominate a name for this trophy, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
QCSA West Zone spirit & sportsmanship
Last night, I witnessed true sportsmanship in two QCSA West Zone teams. With our two U16s teams going head-to-head, our stronger team (Pythons) won 12-0. A big thrashing? There was no mention of it, with both teams having only positive things to say about the other. The Pythons focused on playing in a sportsman-like manner (with respect and encouragement), while the Boas focused on giving it their best and encouraging the Pythons to keep going hard.
Both teams were happy with their efforts. As one coach put it, "the real winner was West Zone". Cheesy cliché? No. With both teams getting together at the end for a photo, after having fielded 28 players in the age group for competitive football, the Under 16s captured what is (or should be recognised as) the QCSA West Zone spirit.
Wishing both the teams the best for today's matches.
Stephen Arulogun, Chairman
Team updates - Friday, 3 May 2019
Under 10s: West Zone vs South East Zone
Our U10s played amazingly well for their first ever QCSA State Titles match. Our U10s didn't give up even when South East Zone had got ahead scoring 2 goals. With plenty of chances to equalise, our U10s mounted a valiant comeback, and might have won the game if it weren't for an inspired opposition goalkeeper.
Final score was 2-1 to South East Zone. Best of luck against SC South today at 11.30 am.
Under 11s: West Zone vs South East Zone
Our U11s ran onto the field with their coach and manager yelling "whatever the score, we're proud of all of you!" With South East Zone winning the age group competition in 2018, this was bound to be a hard game. The opponents were very strong and gave us few opportunities to play offensively. An early goal to South East Zone was backed up by another soon after half time. Our U11s got into the rhythm of the game soon into second half with a few on-target kicks at goal. A lively defence held together with a near 6-foot centre back thwarted our efforts, but we're hoping to master a few strategies by the time we (hopefully) play them in the semi-finals!
Final score was 2-0 to South East Zone. Best of luck against North Zone today at 12.15 pm.
Under 12s: West Zone Jaguars vs West Zone Leopards
Our two U12s teams played each other to start the 2019 QCSA State Titles. Fresh off a training game less than a week ago, each team gave their best off the mark.
West Zone Jaguars worked together as a team, which showed in their passing and working the ball forward. The Jaguars's defence held their ground and the midfield demonstrated strong communication across the park, which allowed their strikers to get into position.
West Zone Leopards are regrouping and will provide an update sometime soon.
Final score was 7-0 to Jaguars. Be sure to look out for:
- Jaguars against South East Zone today at 8.00 am; and
- Leopards against North Zone today at 8.00 am.
Under 16s: West Zone Boas vs West Zone Pythons
It was with great excitement Boas and Pythons entered this game.
For the Pythons, the pre-game team talk was about ball movement and ball speed and also winning ball back as soon as possible. Pythons were straight up to speed with their play - with the ball on ground and focused footwork. This resulted in some great attacking moves. By half time, the score was 7-0 to Pythons. Len Manwaring, Pythons coach talked about respecting the opposition and "simply playing football".
For the Boas, it had been a slow start, full of nerves. Both goalkeepers, Zachary Wright (1st half) and Kai Steele (2nd half) made many noteworthy saves. All team members worked together and gelled under pressure as the game went on.
Final score was 12-0 to West Zone Pythons. Best of luck against South East Zone (Boas) and SC Coast South (Pythons) today at 9.00 am.
Under 18s: West Zone vs South East Zone
West Zone started quite slow and little sloppy in the first half (stay with us, it does get better). Our passing game wasn't as crisp as it could be. While South East Zone held their positions well and maintained possession, we defended well with a half time score of 0-0.
Our U18s were given a good 'gee up' by coach, Richard Katt, and went into the second half loaded with positivity. We started second half with a number of pressing runs that resulted in shots on goals (saved by the opponent's goalkeeper). South East Zone played their way back into the game and were awarded a free kick just outside the 18-yard box. A ripping curler of free kick curved passed our wall of players and beat the diving attempt of our goalkeeper.
A second goal against West Zone resulted from an attack up through the midfield with their striker slotting into the net, despite our goalkeeper running out to close the angle.
A hard fought game to the end, our U18s were beaten by a strong team. We get to regroup tomorrow and do it again with the State Title still a real possibility.
Final score was 2-0 to South East Zone. Best of luck against Sunshine Coast today at 9 am.
Senior Women: West Zone vs South East Zone
Our Senior Women team was very strong tonight, leaving South East Zone no room to score. Paris Shuttlewood scored a great goal in the bottom right of net. Georgia Harper made an epic run from her defence position towards the opponent's goal followed up with a goal setup. Our Natasha Torrisi had a heavy collision with an opponent, and needed helping up to her feet.
Final score was 3-0 to West Zone. Best of luck against SC South today at 12.45 pm.
Knight's Bricklaying: QCSA West Zone U10s Sponsor
Thank you to Knight's Bricklaying for sponsoring our U10s team in the 2019 season.
Knight's Bricklaying will be with the U10s team through the QCSA State Titles. Feel free to say hello and show your appreciation to them.
CFFA National Titles nominations
We have had an awesome number of QCSA West Zone players nominate to represent QCSA at the 2019 CFFA National Titles to be held at the end of September this year. Across each age group, we have: six U14s, 14 U16 boys, ten U16 girls, eight U18 boys, 10 Senior Women, and 10 players nominating for U23s and Senior Men. Good luck to these players as the QCSA National team selectors watch them play during today's games. We hope to have our fair share of players make it through to the QCSA National teams.
West Zone bags & jackets available
We have 15 West Zone sport bags and several sport jackets still available for purchase. Please consider buying one as all money goes to help West Zone meet its 2019 budget.
For more infomation, call Allan Cadman on 0427 056 419.
QCSA 50th Anniversary Merchandise
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, QCSA have a range of merchandise available for purchase, including polo shirts, boot bags, scarfs.
These items will only be available this weekend. Visit https://qcsawestzone.org.au/apparel/ for more information.
QCSA West Zone 2019 coaches and managers
Shaun McDonagh (coach)
Sarah Krause (manager)
Stephen Arulogun (coach)
Lauran Webb (manager)
Aaron Baty (coach)
Stuart Northcote (manager)
Moise Evina (coach)
Linda Butt (manager)
Josh Mansfield (coach)
Alex Richards (A/coach)
Kevin Canavan (manager)
John Mansfield (coach)
Keven Dinsdale (manager)
Len Manwaring (coach)
Kelly Egberts (manager)
Tyler Henderson (coach)
David Wright (A/Coach)
Felicity Lupton (manager)
Steven Winter (coach)
Pamela Winter (manager)
Richard Katt (coach)
Gavin Tupper (manager)
Tony Damrow (coach)
Mark Park (manager)
Paul Janson (coach)
Shane Pontaks (A/Coach)
Sandra Pontaks (manager)